Practice Paper: Promoting Ecological Sustainability within the Food System

Volume 113, Number 3, Page 464 (March 2013)


Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) can implement environmentally responsible practices in their workplace and personal lives. RDNs and DTRs who conserve natural resources while minimizing environmental degradation will help maintain sustainability of the food system, which requires knowledge of the external costs of operational and personal decisions. In an effort to promote ecologically sustainable diets, it is important to consider natural resources as they relate to food production, transformation, distribution, access, and consumption. It is essential that the dietetics community take a more active leadership role in support of ecological sustainability and social responsibility. RDNs and DTRs can influence policy at the institutional, community, local, state, and national levels by presenting results of operational practices and science-based natural resource information. RDNs and DTRs are encouraged to become educated and active in implementing sustainable practices and shaping policy in an effort to promote healthier individuals, communities, and the nation as a whole.